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Jalalabad-Torkham highway: Afghan government for early completion

The Afghan government wants an early completion of Jalalabad-Torkham highway to provide better communication between the two countries and promote trade and business activities. Afghan Ambassador Janan Mosazai met with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Tuesday and conveyed the desire of the Afghan President. The Ambassador conveyed to the Minister good wishes and compliments from the Afghan President and also communicated President's desire for early completion of the projects that Pakistan is undertaking in Afghanistan as a goodwill gesture. Mosazai conveyed the desire of the Afghan President for an early conclusion of Jalalabad - Torkham highway which would provide for better communication between the two countries and promote trade and business activities. The Minister said the FWO was undertaking the Jalalabad-Torkham highway project on a fast track basis and 41% of physical work has been completed. Although, the project was due for completion at the end of 2016, the Minister said he would play his due role to ensure that the FWO completed the highway project by June 2016. The Afghan envoy vowed complete facilitation in the construction of highway. Minister Dar further informed the Afghan envoy that more than 90% progress had been achieved in other Pakistan-funded projects and these would also be completed soon. He also thanked the Afghan President for his message of goodwill and his deep resolve to take Pak-Afghan co-operation to greater heights. Secretary Economic Affairs Division (EAD), Tariq Bajwa and Joint Secretary, Ministry of Finance Awais Manzur were also present at the meeting.

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